Digital disruption: the role of tech entrepreneurs in improving healthcare

Join us for a panel discussion on technology in the NHS on Wednesday 7 February in London

Computers are part of the job for healthcare professionals.

Technology in the NHS is the bane of many healthcare professionals’ jobs. Clinicians have spoken about decrepit computer systems on hospital wards and not being able to access patient information at the right time.

Other sectors, such as the airline industry, banking and retail, are years ahead and incorporate the latest technology to make life easier for customers and employees while also protecting users’ data. The NHS, which uses one in 10 of the world’s pagers and still relies on fax machines, has yet to catch on to some of the more modern developments in technology.

So how do healthcare professionals who have grown up with technology at their fingertips find working in the NHS? What are they faced with in their jobs and how do archaic and creaking IT systems impact on patient care?

Who are the digital entrepreneurs trying to do something about the situation? What innovations are out there? And what challenges do people face trying to introduce them into the NHS?

Join us at the Guardian’s offices in London on 7 February to discuss these questions and more. The event is aimed at healthcare professionals and those with an interest in healthcare tech, and while it is free, please be aware that space is limited. If you’d like to attend, please fill in the form below. Those who have been successful will receive an email to confirm their place.

Programme

6.30pm-7pm: Arrival, registration, refreshments, networking

7pm-7.05pm: Chair’s welcome, Denis Campbell, health policy editor, the Guardian and the Observer

7.05pm-8pm: Panel discussion

Panellists

  • Harpreet Sood, associate chief clinical information officer for NHS England and a practising NHS doctor
  • Mahiben Maruthappu, London-based doctor and co-founder of Cera
  • Nadia Masood, junior doctor and Justice for Health campaigner
  • Neomi Bennet, registered nurse and chief executive, Neo-Innovations UK Ltd

8pm-8.15pm: Audience Q&A

8.15-8.20pm: Phil Jones, managing director, Brother UK

8.15pm-8.45pm: Networking

Registration for this event is now closed

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